Brittany Makos: 2004-2005

Brittany Makos

Brittany Makos

brittanymakos@mail.utexas.edu
Pharmacy School student, University of Texas College of Pharmacy

Background:

I was a pre-pharmacy student at UT-Austin. During this time, I worked at Randall’s Pharmacy as a Certified Pharmacy Technician. Also, I was a Residential Peer Mentor at Whitis Court Residence Halls where I conducted weekly seminars for a group of 20 freshman students addressing academic, social, and skill development topics. I was an active member in the Longhorn Pre-Pharmacy Association, Alpha Lambda and Phi Eta Sigma national academic excellence honor societies. I enjoy watching movies, reading, ceramics and baking.

In Dr. Gore’s lab, I worked with a neuroscience graduate student, Jackie Maffucci, who is researching the action of NMDA receptors (NMDAR) on GnRH neurons in young and aging female rats. Over the summer, I provided technical assistance with the rats doing implant surgeries and interval blood drawing. I also analyzed the 120+ brain tissue samples for RNA content.

Published Abstracts:

  • Maffucci JA, Walker DM, Makos B, Woller MJ, Gore AC (2006) The NMDA receptor subunit NR2b affects GnRH gene expression and LH release in female rats, with modulation by estrogen but not aging. Endocrine Society Abst, Boston, MA.
  • Maffucci JA, Walker DM, Makos B, Woller MJ, Gore AC (2006) Neural regulation of reproductive aging in female rats: The role of the NMDA receptor. American Federation of Aging Research Grantee’s Conference, Santa Barbara, CA.